Did You Say “Renewable Energy?”

It’s loony tunes out there, folks.

Our perusal of recent news informs us that the California legislature has just passed a bill requiring an increase in the generation of electrical power using renewable resources. Nice, eh? But in the same issue of the Los Angeles Times that brought this dispatch, we also read that a fellow who wants to build a clean, wave-powered electrical power generation facility off San Onofre (the location of an existing hook-up to the electrical grid)  is running into a wave of opposition — no pun intended — by surfers, fishermen and the usual NIMBY suspects.

In the meantime, back at the wind farm . . .You do remember the wind-generated power boomlet, don’t you? Well, it seems that the wind-turbine biz didn’t work out very well. We now have thousands of abandoned wind turbines, including a bunch of them in Hawaii where they emit a mystertious sound known locally as Na leo o Kamaoa.  As the American Thinker puts it:

“The voices of Kamaoa cry out their warning as a new batch of colonists, having looted the taxpayers of Spain, Portugal, and Greece, seeks to expand upon their multi-billion-dollar foothold half a world away on the shores of the distant Potomac River. European wind developers are fleeing the EU’s expiring wind subsidies, shuttering factories, laying off workers, and leaving billions of Euros of sovereign debt and a continent-wide financial crisis in their wake. But their game is not over. Already they are tapping a new vein of lucre from the taxpayers and ratepayers of the United States.”

Apparently those wind turbines were the cat’s meow as long as Uncle Sam subsidized them, but once the financial music stopped, so did the turbines. For a full story on that one, check out an article in The American Thinker – Andrew Waldon, Wind Energy Ghosts, Feb. 15, 2010; go to http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/wind_energys_ghosts_1.html

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